Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.
Starfield: The Unimagined Frontier
By Ashley Poston
It is a not-so-secret fact that I love sci-fi. Be it Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1, or don’t-you-dare-talk-about-leafs-on-the-wind Firefly, if it has space in it? I’m there faster than the Enterprise at warp speed. So, it only felt natural to put my favorite bits of everything I loved into Starfield.
At first, it was a daunting task. What did I want the universe of Starfield to look like? How did I want it to act? What did I want the show to mean to the theoretical fans who watched it? The last question I answered first—I wanted Starfield to mean that anything was possible. That there was no such thing as zero-odds. That cosmic dragons, no matter how big they seemed, could be defeated. I also wanted Starfield to be a critique on most sci-fi shows that are littered with white male leads (and admittedly, while I was crafting Starfield I was still raging over the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as Kahn in Star Trek Into Darkness. Yes, I know it’s been years but no I will not make like Elsa and let it go). In the TV show Starfield, Prince Carmindor is played by an Indian-American, and that’s a big part of one of the main character’s draw to the fandom. I took the best of everything I loved about Star Trek—the command bridge, the Prime Directive, the show’s legacy on television—and combined it with what I loved about Firefly—the rogueishness, the witty banter—and the power play in Battlestar Galactica, along with the gun-slinging epic adventure of Mass Effect, one of my favorite video game series.
While crafting Starfield, I created episode summaries, character designs, mission statements. I crafted seasonal villains who are never mentioned in the book, designs for alien species and the complicated political nuances between them and the universe at large. The quotes found at the beginning of each section header are inspired from witty Mal one-liners in Firefly, and each episode title is a pun on a film title. Basically, I just went wild and had fun. I let myself imagine the kind of show that could draw two people together who could not be more different, and once I found out how to do that, the rest was easy.
And it helps, really, when your show’s biggest fans are the characters already in your head.